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Food Junkies Podcast

Jan 19, 2022

Dr. Alan Goldhamer is the founder of TrueNorth Health Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides medical and chiropractic services, psychotherapy and counseling, as well as massage and bodywork. He is also director of the Center's groundbreaking residential health education program. Articulate, inspiring, and energetic, Dr. Goldhamer is one of the most pioneering and dedicated visionaries in health today. 

An outspoken professional who doesn't shy away from a spirited debate, he is deeply committed to helping people stuck in self-destructive cycles reclaim their ability to change their lives. Dr. Goldhamer has supervised the fasts of thousands of patients. Under his guidance, the Center has become one of the premier training facilities for doctors wishing to gain certification in the supervision of therapeutic fasting. 

TrueNorth Health utilizes a nutritional medicine approach based on an exclusively whole-plant-food diet free of added salt, oil, and sugar (SOS). The Center is affiliated with the TrueNorth Health Foundation, whose mission is to expand evidence-based knowledge of how medically supervised, water-only fasting and diet impact human health; train clinicians in the use of these interventions; and share its findings with researchers and the public.

The Center is the largest facility in the world specializing in medically supervised, water-only fasting and one of the premier training facilities for doctors to gain certification in the supervision of therapeutic fasting.

You asked for a Specialist in the Food Addiction space who relies exclusively on a whole-plant-based food diet and we heard you. In today’s episode, we bring you the fast-talking Dr. Alan Goldhamer. Along with fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds he also advocates for a food plan FREE from added salt, oil, and sugar (SOS) as you will hear him refer to in the interview. 

We thought it was important to discuss the vegan approach to Food Addiction Recovery because there are many in our community who eat this way too. What’s MOST important is that find what works for YOU and what is true for YOU.

What we learned in this interview is that these two food camps are not so far apart. They both aim to eliminate processed foods, sugars, and fake convenience foods. They just have different takes on sources of protein and the volume of food that needs to be consumed to maintain each lifestyle adequately.

You may have to pause, rewind and relisten to this episode as these two fire back and forth with nuggets of recovery information. Listen carefully to what Dr. Alan Goldhamer says about his water fast and realize that the people he does this with are inpatient and medically supervised not done on their own at home.

The topics covered in this episode:

Why the sensitivity of our satiety system can determine if we carry extra weight?

What is the motivational triad?

What is the pleasure trap?

How salt can stimulate passive overeating, how it can fool the satiety mechanism

The law of satiation

How this food plan works well for those who feel they need more volume

Can you get enough protein on a vegan food plan?

Limiting the feeding window from 8 – 10 hours

Who is fasting not for?

His real secret to weight loss: sleep and eating enough 

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